Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Mexico made its debut on a spectacular autumn day, on Sept. 14, 2013 in the Newport International Polo Series, Presented by BMW. The historic 6-chukker match featuring USA vs. Mexico was a highlight of the 2013 season.
After 6 periods called chukkers, the match concluded with a champagne trophy presentation of the inaugural USA vs. Mexico silver cup, as well as the naming of the Best Playing Pony, Geronimo loaned by Heather Souto. A Fiesta Lollatallulah ensued, with Rhode Island's acclaimed Marriachi Band from Brown U and gourmet tacos from the renown Tallulah’s on Thames.
The victorious Mexican team from Mexico City, home of Mexico’s oldest polo club, included Miguel Gomez de Parada, Guillermo Steta, Alejandro Gonzalez Gracida, and Rodolfo Ramos.
“Their debut has been planned for a long time. It was a fun and challenging match, and we are glad that the weather was so nice for this very special occasion,” explained Dan Keating, USA team captain and founder of the Polo Series.
A door prize gift card from Massage Envy was awarded during the match, as well as prizes for the Best Tailgate, including a bottle of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte and tickets to the 43rd annual Newport International Boat Show.
With Mexico’s debut this season, the Polo Series will have hosted 28 nations over its 22 seasons including England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Barbados, Canada, Hungary, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, Kenya, Brazil, China, Italy and newcomer Mexico.
The Mexican team enjoyed lodging at Pearls Boutique Hotels and attractions including with America's Cup Charter sailing, paddle boarding with Island Surf & Sport, tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, helicopter tours by Birds Eye View Helicopter Tours, a visit to the 43rd annual Newport International Boat Show and a team dinner at the one and only Clarke Cooke House for a truly memorable visit to the City by the Sea.